WASHINGTON, D.C. –
In an annual report required by the American Congress, President Donald Trump discloses a national security strategy that unfolds his vision of America's position in the world. VOA Correspondent at the White House Peter Heinlein reported that the plan emphasized economic competitiveness, identifying China and Russia as major American rivals in having a global influence.
President Donald Trump discloses the strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building. The strategy is similar to a theme echoed by former Reagan presidents of "peace through strength", reviving American economic and military power in line with the theme of Trump's policy of putting American interests first.
"Our strategy is to advance America's influence in the world, but it must start by building wealth and power within the country, America will lead again, we do not want to try to apply our way to anyone but we firmly defend it," Trump.
Trump identifies Russia and China as competitors who seek to restructure the world order in ways that contradict American interests
"Like it or not we are engaged in a new era of competition We accept that military, economic and economic competition strong politics are taking place all over the world, we face regimes threatening the United States and our allies We are facing terrorist organizations, networks of transnational crime and others that spread violence and crime around the world. facing opposing forces, Russia and China who want to challenge influence, values and "Trump said.
Trump puts North Korea and Iran in the category of a rogue regime, and claims his strategy of isolating and stemming the Pyongyang government begins to fruition.
" We have united our allies in an unprecedented effort earlier to oust North Korea. However, there are many more tasks to be done. America and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve denuclearization and ensure this regime can not threaten the world, "Trump continued.
Without mentioning his predecessor, Trump said security strategies in the past failed to consider economic security as national security.
"Our leaders diverge from American principles. They have lost sight of the fate of America and they do not believe in America's greatness. As a result, our people are missing something too. People lose confidence in their government and ultimately lose confidence in their future. But last year it began to change, "he said.
David Adesnik of the Foundation for Democracies, said the statement of the Trump strategy was a sharp change as well as implying criticism of previous security strategies that depended on diplomatic breakthroughs.
I am a weakness in the past, simply hoping that if we become more involved in diplomacy, the two sides will begin to understand each other more effectively. This is a long-term hope and democratic countries are more likely to approach that. But in my opinion in many ways this is not effective so a change should be welcomed, "explains David Adesnik.
The Trump strategy has been criticized for pushing aside Barack Obama's explanation in 2015 that calls climate change a threat to American national security. Trump's aides said the document identifies environmental monitoring as a challenge. [uh/ab]